The Book Hog
The Book Hog

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Annotation: The Book Hog loves books and has a large collection--although he never learned to read.
Catalog Number: #209421
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-368-03689-9 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7442-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-368-03689-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7442-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018032597
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
A beret-sporting pig adores books so much that he acquires them anywhere yard sales and indie bookstores d savors them everywhere a tent and on the toilet. Yet as much as he's drawn to their look, feel, and smell, he harbors a secret shame: he can't decode the words inside them. Or he can't, at least, until he catches a whiff of the public library and meets Miss Olive, a spectacle-sporting elephant-slash-librarian who offers him kindness and patience. With lots of practice, he becomes not just a book lover but also a book reader. The pro-library artwork is bold, with happily Pizzolian graphic lines and shapes; bright, with wonderfully audacious pinks and greens; and bookish, sneakily integrating a few familiar book covers (and even a maker space to boot). The characters' expressions are amusing, the straightforward sentences are well structured, and it all works together to truly create a book that readers will be eager to hog.
Horn Book
In this celebration of books and reading, the titular pig owns many books, which he loves for their smell, texture, and pictures. It's therefore surprising to learn that he's illiterate. His discovery of library storytimes and eventual acquisition of literacy, with help from the elephant librarian, resolve his dilemma. Pizzoli's concise sentences and humorous, ingeniously detailed cartoon illustrations have great read-aloud appeal.
Kirkus Reviews
A porcine hoarder of books learns to read—and to share.The Book Hog's obsession is clear from the start. Short declarative sentences describe his enthusiasm ("The Book Hog loved books"), catalog the things he likes about the printed page, and eventually reveal his embarrassing secret ("He didn't know how to read"). While the text is straightforward, plenty of amusing visual details will entertain young listeners. A picture of the Book Hog thumbing through a book while seated on the toilet should induce some giggles. The allusive name of a local bookshop ("Wilbur's") as well as the covers of a variety of familiar and much-loved books (including some of the author's own) offer plenty to pore over. And the fact that the titles become legible only after our hero learns to read is a particularly nice touch. A combination of vignettes, single-page illustrations and double-page spreads that feature Pizzoli's characteristic style—heavy black outlines, a limited palette of mostly salmon and mint green, and simple shapes—move the plot along briskly. Librarians will appreciate the positive portrayal of Miss Olive, an elephant who welcomes the Book Hog warmly to storytime, though it's unlikely most will be able to match her superlative level of service.There's nothing especially new here, but the good-natured celebration of books, reading, and libraries will charm fellow bibliophiles, and the author's fans will enjoy making another anthropomorphic animal friend. (Picture book. 4-7)
Publishers Weekly
The Japanese word tsundoku describes books that have piled up in a home without being read. Pizzoli-s porcine protagonist certainly accumulates books-he-s a relentless buyer and forager-and he adores each volume (-He loved the way they smelled, and the way the pages felt in his hooves. He especially liked the ones with pictures-). But reading procrastination is not his problem. Book Hog has a big secret: -He didn-t know how to read. He had never learned.- Then Book Hog discovers the library (-he smelled some books inside-) and a whole community of book lovers, including a kind librarian whose attentiveness and story times inspire him--over time, and with practice--to become a reader. Pizzoli once again employs a candy-colored palette and an ebullient cast-the pink-and-green look, and even some of the characters, are reminiscent of his The Watermelon Seed. And, as always in a Pizzoli book, there are wonderful details: readers will note that the markings on spines of the books go from fuzzy lines to actual titles when the Book Hog learns to read, and that in one spread, he raptly stands right by the librarian-s chair, clutching its arm as she reads aloud to the group. Who hasn-t seen-or been-that kid? Ages 3-5. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.)
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ALA Booklist (1/1/19)
Horn Book
Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor
Word Count: 276
Reading Level: 1.9
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 501564 / grade: Lower Grades
The Book Hog loves books---the way they look, the way they feel, the way they smell--and he'll grab whatever he can find. There's only one problem: he can't read! But when a kind librarian invites him to join for storytime, this literature-loving pig discovers the treasure that books really are.

Greg Pizzoli, master of read-aloud fun and three-time Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recipient, introduces a character sure to steal kids' hearts using his signature cheerful colors and lighthearted narrative style.

"Even non-Book-Hogs should have this one. It's that good." --Jon Klassen, Caldecott Medal winner for This Is Not My Hat

"A book that readers will be eager to hog." --Booklist

Don't miss these other favorite books by Greg Pizzoli:
The Watermelon Seed
Good Night Owl
Number One Sam
Templeton Gets His Wish
This Story is For You
The Twelve Days of Christmas

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